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Popularity of the Baby Name Aishwarya

Number of Babies Named Aishwarya

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Top Baby Girl Name Debuts of 2012

Katniss and Daenerys have arrived, you guys! Time to start the party.

The debut name party, that is.

Here are the girl names that debuted the highest on the SSA’s 2012 baby name list:

  1. Kimbella, 52 baby girls
  2. Catalaya, 51
  3. Cattaleya, 45
  4. Daleyza, 41
  5. Aaradhya, 38
  6. Catalia, 34
  7. Katalaya, 32
  8. Katalia, 26
  9. Kattleya, 26
  10. Aayat, 23
  11. Karliah, 23
  12. Daenerys, 21
  13. Catalea, 20
  14. Iviona, 19
  15. Itzae, 18
  16. Kataleah, 17
  17. Kattaleya, 17
  18. Katalea, 16
  19. Nirvi, 15
  20. Brely, 14
  21. Merliah, 14
  22. Aamilah, 13
  23. Anabrenda, 13
  24. Carliana, 13
  25. Kinsler, 13
  26. Lynnley, 13
  27. Abishai, 12
  28. Adylee, 12
  29. Ahri, 12
  30. Brenlynn, 12
  31. Drayah, 12
  32. Jeiza, 12
  33. Katalayah, 12
  34. Kathaleya, 12
  35. Katniss, 12
  36. Sebella, 12
  37. Analeyah, 11
  38. Aubreelynn, 11
  39. Cataleyah, 11
  40. Cateleya, 11
  41. Ireoluwa, 11
  42. Jonier, 11
  43. Nahyla, 11
  44. Noomi, 11
  45. Payzlie, 11
  46. Renesmae, 11
  47. Yandy, 11

And a selection from the 10-babies-and-under group: Scarlettrose, Eevee, Venba, Eponine, Swayzi, Anemone, Aoibheann, Hunnie, Kambreigh, Mlak, Paislyn, Paislynn, Paizly, Parizoda, Adn, Alanoud, Annabellelee, Ayoola, Bellaluna, Callalily, Cataliyah, Catilaya, Catileya, Cymphonique, Eilonwy, Ellyot, Fiore, Goodness, Hannabella, Heartlynn, Inchara, Kymbella, Myjoy, Pfeiffer, Renezmae, Sorella, Timberlynn.

Where do the names above come from?

Here are some likely explanations:

  • Aaradhya – from the daughter of Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. The baby was born in late 2011, but not named until early 2012.
  • Catalaya, Cattaleya, Catalia, Katalaya, Katalia, etc. – variants of Cataleya, which debuted last year. (And which now happens to be skyrocketing in popularity.) Cataleya was a character in the movie Columbiana (2011).
  • Daenerys – from “Game of Thrones” character Daenerys Targaryen. (Last year’s fifth-highest debut was her title, Khaleesi.)
  • Eponine – from Les Miserables character Eponine Thenardier.
  • Karliah – from a character in the video game Skyrim. (Another Skyrim name we’ve seen used as a baby name is Dovahkiin.)
  • Katniss – from Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen.
  • Kimbella, Kymbella – from reality show “Love & Hip Hop” cast member Kimberly “Kimbella” Vanderhee.
  • Merliah – from Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 (2012) character Merliah Summers.
  • Noomi – from Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who was in the 2011 movies The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
  • Pfeiffer – from Michelle Pfeiffer…?
  • Renesmae, Renezmae – variants of Renesmee, which debuted in 2009. Renesmee is a character in the Twilight series.
  • Sebella – from the daughter of Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez. The baby was born in early 2012.
  • Yandy – from reality show “Love & Hip Hop” cast member Yandy Smith.

Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?

P.S. Here’s last year’s debut list.


285 Indian Girls No Longer “Unwanted”

In India, gender discrimination is a big problem. So big that female feticide (the abortion of female fetuses) “is killing upwards of one million females in India annually.” And many of the girls who are born end up with names like Nakusa and Nakushi, which mean “unwanted” in Hindi.

Federal and state governments in India have been battling the discrimination with various incentives (e.g. giving money to the families of girls who graduate from high school). As part of this effort, the Satara District in Maharashtra recently held a renaming ceremony. On October 22, nearly 300 “unwanted” girls got the chance to choose new legal names for themselves.

They chose names such as…

  • Aishwarya – for the Bollywood star
  • Ashmita – Hindi for “very tough, rock hard”
  • Savitri – for the Hindu goddesses
  • Vaishali – Hindi for “prosperous, beautiful, good”

I love this idea of a group name-change. It’s such a simple thing to do, and yet think of the impact it will have. Each of those girls gets a fresh start now.

Hope this catches on in other areas of India…

Sources:

More Baby Names in India – Aishwarya, Neel, Oormi, Srayan

After posting about baby names in India a few days ago, I decided to track down more information on Indian names — and I happened upon Game of The Name, written by Chandreyee Chatterjee & Nabamita Mitra and published in Calcutta’s The Telegraph about a year ago.

The authors claim that baby-naming in India is “a matter of much thinking, strategy and aesthetics.” They also note that parents seem to be split into two camps when it comes to name-choosing:

One set of parents would like short, sweet, easy, “universal-Indian” names. […] The other set of parents would look for imaginative, unique, traditional or traditional-sounding Indian names in keeping with a new trendiness.

The first set of parents would go for names like Abhishek, Neha, Oormi and Rahul, while the second set would gravitate toward names like Katyayani, Mrinalini, Priyamvada, Saimantika, Sarbajaya (which are easy to shorten into nicknames like Kati, Pri and Sam).

Other names mentioned in the article include:

Male Female
Aditya
Amartya
Amitkanti
Arun
Aryaman
Ashok
Bihan – “dawn”
Biman
Kalarab – “cacophony”
Laksh
Neel
Rakamouli
Rith – “truth”; “sun”
Snehil – “affectionate”
Sourav
Srayan
Subrata
Tanish
Aishwarya
Bhalobasha – “love”
Debjani
Kirtika
Poushali
Pranaadhika
Renisa – based on musical notes
Sanasthita
Sannanti
Shaapla – a flower
Shikha
Sukanya
Vandita

(Note: I had to guess a gender for some of the names.)

Finally, here are some examples of “extraordinary” Indian names: Atasikaya, Bitapichhaya, Neelakasheektitara, Shyamalimaya, Shyamsohagini and Pincle (…which belongs to to Pincle Nandi, whose grandfather named him in honor of the English cricketer Derek Pringle).